Being raised by her special needs mother and her shut in neighbor, Heidi decides to finally learn about her family and her mom's life before she was born. This story of self discovery and yearning to know about the family Heidi never knew is wonderfully inspirational and beautiful. This story would be a great whole group book for a fifth grade classroom! Having a story with a special needs character could open the floor for great discussion within the class and could also be a wonderful opportunity for students to write about how they feel about the author's choice of a special needs mother in the text. This could really open the door to clear up misconceptions about people with disabilities and give students a new perspective on those with them. Another book that you will want to read over and over again, it is a phenomenal story!